Norsk Tipping warns against betting on local elections

first_img Email Address Legal & compliance 9th September 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Norway’s state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has spoken out against betting on the results of the country’s local elections, arguing that it encourages manipulation of the polls.Following a warning from the country’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) regarding press coverage of odds offered by offshore operators, Norsk Tipping said it would not provide markets on the municipal elections.Norwegians across the country’s 11 municipalities are going to the polls today (9 November) to elect representatives to the country’s municipal and county councils. These bodies are responsible for education, public transport, health and elderly care and the collection of certain taxes in each jurisdiction.Norsk Tipping claimed that with due to certain municipalities and counties being sparsely populated, the chance to win money based on certain candidates winning could lead to tactical voting or corruption.“It would be possible to [offer odds on the elections], but there are many good reasons not to,” the operator’s director of communications Tonje Sagstuen explained. “The most important thing is that if money is at stake on the outcome of local elections, it can affect both the election and its result in a number of ways.“It could affect how you vote yourself [and] it allows for […] manipulation,” Sagstuen said. “In other words, gambling can affect, directly or indirectly, who gets into power in your municipality.”She added that this would not stop the operator from offering odds on larger events, such as US presidential elections or even a parliamentary election in Norway.“There is no possibility of affecting the result in the first case, and in the second case [such a possibility] is completely microscopic.”In the run-up to the elections, newspaper coverage has come in for criticism from the regulator, due to a number of publications publishing odds offered by unlicensed operators in their stories.This prompted Lottstift to warn the papers that by publishing these odds, they are effectively carrying illegal gambling advertisements.center_img Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Norway’s state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has warned players against betting on the results of the country’s local elections, arguing that it encourages manipulation of the polls. Norsk Tipping warns against betting on local electionslast_img read more

Scientific Games extends with Massachusetts Lottery

first_img Topics: Lottery Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Scientific Games extends with Massachusetts Lottery 6th December 2019 | By contenteditor The Massachusetts Lottery has extended its retail management deal with Scientific Games for a further three years. Lotterycenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Massachusetts Lottery has extended its retail management deal with Scientific Games for a further three years.Under the renewed agreement, Scientific Games will provide a new lottery retail management system to the Lottery, to connect its network of over 7,500 retailers.Scientific Games provides similar advanced retail management technology to the lotteries in Arizona, Kansas and Maryland.The deal will also include the Scientific Games gemSuite range of products such as the gemIntelligence retail agent relationship management application, the gemRetailer retail agent portal and gemEnterprise paperless licensing module.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Massachusetts Email Addresslast_img read more

Sam Woode Limited (SWL.gh) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgSam Woode Limited (SWL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Sam Woode Limited (SWL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sam Woode Limited (SWL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sam Woode Limited (SWL.gh)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSam Wood Limited is a publishing company in Ghana responsible for printing educational textbooks, story books and non-book materials primarily for the pre-school and primary school sectors. Publishing categories include agency books, agricultural science, basic design and technology, citizenship education, handwriting, information and communication technology, integrated science, social studies, mathematics and religious and moral education. Products published by Sam Wood Limited are available to purchase online. The company also has the exclusive distribution rights for West Africa sub-regions for titles by foreign publishers listed on the Company’s Agency lists. Sam Wood Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market rally: 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market and hold forever

first_img Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market rally: 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market and hold forever Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Today I’m discussing two top UK shares I think are great buys for the economic recovery. I’m considering buying them for my own Stocks and Shares ISA right now. I think they could soar in value during the new bull market:Bowled overThe mass closure of its bowling alleys during lockdown hit Ten Entertainment Group (LSE: TEG) hard. Its revenues almost halved in the six months to June compared to the same period in 2019. The introduction of fresh lockdowns in the UK mean more year-on-year sales disappointment for the second half of 2020, too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But could now be the time to buy this UK share in an ISA? I think so. The 10-pin bowling market remains a lucrative one for investors to play, a sector that’s growing by 4% a year. And Ten Entertainment introduced share placings, cost cutting, and accepted government support to ride out the current crisis. It still had around £15m of available liquidity in its locker near the end of September.There still remains a huge amount of uncertainty over Covid-19 vaccines. It’s quite possible that more lockdowns could be in store in 2021 should infection rates keep rising. Still, I’m giving Ten Entertainment serious attention as a way to play the bull market. And especially so at current prices. This UK share trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12 times and carries a chunky 4.5% dividend yield as well.Leisure stocks are some of the earliest to rise when broader economic conditions improve. Provided the fight against Covid-19 turns a corner, this UK share should soar much more impressively than the broader market. And it will surely provide titanic returns in the longer term too as the bowling craze returns.Another cheap UK share I’d buy in an ISAI’d also consider buying Britvic (LSE: BVIC) shares for the next bull market. Like Ten Entertainment, its operations have been hit by the Covid-19 crisis. In this case lockdowns in the UK and abroad damaged sales in the ‘out of home’ drinks segment.Thankfully, though, sales of this UK share’s soft drinks for in-home consumption have soared, easing the sting. Clearly Britvic could suffer again in the near term but this shouldn’t worry long-term investors like me.The FTSE 250 company has the financial might to ride out the current crisis. And it has the exceptional brand power to keep outperforming the broader drinks market too and deliver long-term earnings growth. Indeed, labels like Robinsons juices, R Whites lemonade, and Pepsi Max cola have allowed it to build market share. And these five-star products — allied with Britvic’s commitment to innovation — should allow it to ride the economic recovery as wider consumer spending activity improves.City analysts reckon Britvic’s annual profits will soar around 25% in this fiscal period. This leaves the UK share trading on a forward price-to-earnings (PEG) ratio of just 0.6. With the drinks giant carrying a chubby 3.3% dividend yield, too, I reckon it’s a terrific buy for the new bull market. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Monday, 16th November, 2020 | More on: BVIC TEG Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Longtime principal, coach retiring from ECISD

first_img Twitter Registration set for engineering camp Lamar Early Education Center. Pinterest Previous articleBusiness I-20 project starting SundayNext articleSewell’s ‘non-car-dealership dealership’ opens admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local NewsEducation Longtime principal, coach retiring from ECISD Twitter From the time she was 4, Martha Mitchell wanted to go to school. Although she couldn’t attend at that age, she’s done more than achieve that goal — becoming a teacher, administrator and coach with Ector County Independent School District.But now Mitchell is retiring after 46 years.Currently the principal at Lamar Early Education Center, Mitchell began her career at Permian High School in the 1971-72 school year and taught there for 23 years. She also coached gymnastics there and was highly decorated.Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Lamar and was hired as a PE teacher and gymnastics coach by Bob Clark, then the coordinator for physical education and related sports.Mitchell earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and obtained her supervisor’s certification and principal’s certification from UTPB, as well.She started her administrative career at Blackshear Elementary, then moved to Ector Middle School, Burleson Elementary, Goliad Elementary, and finally Lamar, where she has been for six years.She retired from Burleson in 2008, but the district asked her to take over at Goliad in the middle of the next school year.“I came back and figured out that I really wasn’t ready to retire at that point,” Mitchell said.She stayed at Goliad for two and a half years and never thought she would be a prekindergarten principal, but she has “absolutely loved it” because establishing a foundation for those children is so important.“If the children get off to a good start with pre-k, the research shows that they’re much more successful if they’ve had pre-k experience, so I’ve enjoyed that,” she said.Executive Director of Athletics Todd Vesely has known Mitchell since he started with ECISD in 1985 and said she has been a good friend and mentor her whole career, helping countless teachers and students. Vesely also coached gymnastics with her.Vesely said Mitchell is one of those people who is just special.“She was an extraordinary coach; she was an extraordinary principal; she’s been an extraordinary mentor to many of us in the district. She was an outstanding president of the state organization. The only thing she was not good at was retirement. I think she’ll be better at it this time. She deserves the rest,” Vesely said.The state association he’s referring to is the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association.Mitchell said people told her she would know the right time to retire and this was the right time for her.“I’m a very competitive person. I feel accomplished. I feel like I’ve completed the race. …,” she said.Her goal was always to make a difference, and the 69-year-old Wichita Falls native said she feels satisfied with what she’s done.“I feel blessed. I feel so much love and joy in my heart for ECISD and the relationships that I’ve had here with teachers, administrators, students (and) parents. It’s been a wonderful career. It’s been a wonderful time. I think I’m ready for that next journey, which is retirement,” Mitchell said.One of the things she’s looking forward to is having time to enjoy family, traveling, playing golf or just reading a book.“I’m not the kind that’s ever bored, so I don’t think I’ll have a problem. I think I’ll always find something to do and I won’t be bored in retirement,” Mitchell said.She added that she doesn’t think she’ll return to the education field for work, but she does plan to stay in the Permian Basin and a part of the Education Partnership.The Education Partnership is a cross-section of leaders including members from the education, business, government, law enforcement, foundation, nonprofit and religious communities that is working to improve education in Odessa.She noted that she’s always said community and parental involvement is needed in the district and the Education Partnership is working toward that goal.“We need businesses to be involved and to support us and to support the teachers and students. I think that’s a key element. I’m so excited to see that happen,” Mitchell said.Mitchell said she has always enjoyed school and wanted to attend from the time she was 4 years old, but there was no prekindergarten at the time.“I have enjoyed going to school as a student, and being a teacher and administrator. That’s been my life, so to now say I can have some time to just do what I want to do I think I’m going to enjoy that,” she said.Mitchell said she was in education for students and teachers.“I think the accountability has definitely increased over the years. We’ve always been accountable, but I think even more so today,” she said.Asked if that plays a role ECISD having beginning teachers and experienced teachers, but not as many in the middle, Mitchell said teaching is hard work.“Maybe being a new teacher and just learning what teaching is all about and on top of that having the accountability hanging over your head, perhaps that does have some effect on new teachers,” she said. “ECISD is a family. I hope that we make new teachers feel welcome and know that they have mentors that will help them,” she added.Having served at all levels of primary and secondary education, Mitchell said she has loved all of it and it has helped her as an administrator because she knows what youngsters at Lamar have to accomplish.“I’m going to miss the love of school, the love of children, teachers and parents and the relationships that I’ve formed. That will always be my biggest memory of my career and I hope that I’ve made a difference for people. (When) you touch that many lives, that’s all you can hope for,” she said.Registration for pre-k will be July 18 and July 19. She stressed that pre-k is free for all students in Ector County. You just have to be 4 years old by Sept. 1 to sign up.Another aspect that makes her feel good about stepping away is that she feels the campus will be in good hands with new principal MaryJane Hutchins.“The things that I have done here and she’s been a part of … I know those things are going to continue and she’s going to do a great job,” Mitchell said.More Information Martha Mitchell, who is currently principal at Lamar Early Education Center, reflects on her years coaching gymnastics at Permian High School. This weekend’s gymnastics meet, formerly the Mojo Invitational, is now named in honor of Mitchell. Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook Pinterest Noel earns award WhatsApp OCA top 2 were ESL students WhatsApp Home Local News Education Longtime principal, coach retiring from ECISD By admin – June 2, 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

Delhi HC Issues Notice On Workers’ Plea For FIR Against Employers For Non Payment Of Wages As Per MHA Direction

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notice On Workers’ Plea For FIR Against Employers For Non Payment Of Wages As Per MHA Direction Nilashish Chaudhary16 May 2020 6:26 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice in a plea filed by private employees of a car rental company seeking the registration of an FIR against the Directors for not paying wages during the lockdown. Aggrieved by the Company’s alleged stand to deny them wages, despite the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) Notification dated March 29 calling for States to ensure payment of wages to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice in a plea filed by private employees of a car rental company seeking the registration of an FIR against the Directors for not paying wages during the lockdown. Aggrieved by the Company’s alleged stand to deny them wages, despite the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) Notification dated March 29 calling for States to ensure payment of wages to all employees during this period, 10 employees moved the High Court seeking directions for implementation of the said Order. Additionally, the petitioners have also requested the Court to order the MHA to direct the Company to pay the aggrieved employees their wages. The petitioners have been in continuous employment of the private company for some years now and contributions towards a Provident Fund (PF) has been deducted from their salaries every month. In order to avail benefits of the Finance Ministry’s scheme, the petitioners add, they intended to withdraw money from their PFs during testing times. However, information regarding details of their PFs were also refused by the employers after they had refused to pay their wages, allege the petitioners. The petition, filed by advocates Amit Kumar Sharma and Satyam Singh, further enunciates that the distressed employees filed a complaint at the Vasant Kunj Police Station on April 16, urging them to implement the Centre’s Notification from March 29. Thereafter, on April 22, they also served a notice to the Directors of the Company, drawing their attention to the same. “The respondents no.3 and 4 (Directors of the Company) have ever since then repeatedly denied making the payment of wage and have further fraudulently deducted employee provident fund from the salaries of the petitioners herein and have therefore denied them effective exercise of their right to withdraw the said provident fund amount according to the schemes of the ministry of finance collected amount in this hour of need and therefore have violated the essential right to preserve ones life in this pandemic The petitioners in an attempt to put the criminal justice system in motion had approached the sho with complaint against the respondents no.3 and respondent no.4, however the same was to avail.”SC Says No Coercive Action Against Employers In Two Pleas Challenging MHA Order On Full Payment Of Wages; No Interim Order In Connected Cases Despite all their efforts, submit the petitioners, there has been no action taken by the Delhi Police. The inaction on part of the Police as well as their employers, they argue, is a violation of their Fundamental Right to live with respect and dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution.”The respondent no.2 (Delhi Police) cannot forgo their duties and responsibilities and are required by law to give effect to the notification/order/directions passed by the respondent no.1 (MHA) and to further act on complaints that have been filed by the petitioners.” In this light, the petitioners have implored the Court to direct the MHA to provide an adequate and effective mechanism for the implementation of its Notification which was aimed at mitigating the economic hardship due to COVID-19. In the absence of the same, and given the ‘nonchalant attitude’ of the police, add the petitioners, employees are left to the mercy of fate. Taking note of these grievances, Delhi High Court’s Single Judge Bench of Justice Navin Chawla issued notice and sought a response from the MHA, Delhi Police and the two Directors of the Car Rental Company. The matter will now come up for hearing on May 29.A batch of petitions have been filed in the SC challenging the March 29 order of the MHA. On Friday, the SC passed an interim order in two cases that no coercive action should be taken against employers in respect of non-payment of wages, until next week.Click here to download petitionRead Petition   Next Storylast_img read more

County Council receives over €10 million in rates rebates

first_img Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest WhatsApp County Council receives over €10 million in rates rebates Google+ The second tranche of commercial rates rebates has been issued to local authorities across the country.So far, Donegal County Council has received almost €10.4 million, with further payments to issue.Housing and Local Government Ministers Darragh O’Brien and Peter Burke have written to the acting Chief Executive of Donegal County Council to reiterate their support for local government.Minister O’Brien said the commercial rates waiver will mean that the local government sector won’t be at a loss or having to make ‘either’ ‘or’ decisions when it comes to providing vital services for people.The letter states the government is very aware that commercial rates are the backbone of local authority income, which means that services such as playgrounds, sports facilities and library services can keep operating.As Donegal County Council prepares for its budget meeting in the coming weeks, Minister Burke says he will continue to advocate for and work on behalf of local authorities across the country to ensure they can continue to provide key services at the heart of our communities. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter By News Highland – November 14, 2020 center_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleTyrone Manager Mickey Harte Steps DownNext articleCouncil urged to maintain Illstrin to Kilmacrennan greenway News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Late Donegal Cllr features in top gratuity payments

first_img WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articleFF voice concern at yesterday’s ruling against Emma DeSouzaNext article28 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Google+ By News Highland – October 15, 2019 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Late Donegal Cllr features in top gratuity payments Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan 17 long-serving councillors who bowed out at May’s local elections are to receive retirement gratuities of least 70,000 euro each.In Donegal, the late Cllr Sean McEniff is among them, receiving almost 72,500 thousand euro.According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, Longford’s Luie McEntire got nearly 80,000 euro.In total, at least six million is to be paid to former councillors who either lost their seats or didn’t stand in the elections. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more

O’DONNELL, DAVID A.

first_img58, passed away on June 5. David was born in Bayonne and had resided there until moving to South Bound Brook 20 years ago. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was currently employed by RathGibson North Branch, New Jersey. Husband of Larissa O’Donnell. Brother of James O’Donnell, Patrick O’Donnell and his Wife Patricia, Judy Dobies and her Husband Mark, Deborah Whitney and her Husband Michael, Sandra O’Donnell and the late Dennis O’Donnell and his surviving Wife Diane. Uncle of many Nieces & Nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Anne (McMahon) and Francis O’Donnell. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Center For Hope, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Sleeping giant awakes

first_imgBakery giant Delice de France’s MD Ian Toal appears remarkably upbeat on the morning that we meet especially given the fact that Delice’s parent group, Aryzta, announced downbeat trading results that were more a Déplaisir de France the same day. Performance in the UK and Ireland was cited as a drag on the group’s fortunes, with operating conditions described as especially tough, contributing to a 10% drop in revenue in its European division in the six months to 31 January.On the face of it, things looked grim. Since Toal took charge of the biggest player in the bakery foodservice market two years ago, Delice has been walloped by the recessionary collapse of the UK’s hospitality sector. The exchange rate ramped up the cost of bringing in goods from Europe. And the country’s biggest wholesale food-service operator Brakes launched a specialist bakery division 12 months ago, to go head-to-head with Delice and wholesale rival 3663. At the same time, Delice was undergoing a tough period of restructuring, following the merger of its former parent company IAWS with Swiss baking giant Hiestand in 2007.”When you see the future results being published, you’ll see that all the reshaping we’ve done will start to pay dividends,” says an unfazed Toal. Delice is coming off the ropes with a strategy to mark its 25th anniversary this year, which Toal claims will give it a clear advantage in the market: it is no longer simply a distributor of products, like its rivals, but a large-scale manufacturer too. A massive plant claimed to be the most state-of-the-art French and speciality bread plant in Europe was built in Dublin 18 months ago at a cost of E200m (£177m), adding to the group’s 22 substantial baking sites around the world. The La Brea branded in-store bakery breads are now made there on its highly automated bulk fermentation line.”What I would say is [the UK] is seeing good trading figures now,” he says. “We’re through the worst of our own experiences. We’ve been through a whole learning curve. It’s not that easy to go from being a wholesaler to a manufacturer. We’ve invested heavily in equipment and plant, but also in skills, working hard to get some of the best bakers around. But we’ve had to go out and get a lot more customers because the market is still quiet. It has been a real journey, but we’ve come out of it really quite excited; we’re doing ok, but more importantly, we can see a vision for the future.”Since taking charge, Toal has aligned the business more clearly around trade channels and types of outlet, explaining that what works in a school wouldn’t work in a coffee shop or hotel. “It would have been easy for me to bring people in from the outside and create a senior management team,” he notes. “My key directors have all been with the business for many years. To change it with them has been more rewarding than to have changed it for them.”Even so, the threat from Brakes was significant. As an ex-Brakes man himself, how much did he fear them stealing Delice’s business? “When they first launched, we were going through that transition time and everybody looked at them and why wouldn’t they? because they were the new thing,” he recalls. “We are partly responsible for that. We’ve built this massive bakery and merged with a half-a-billion-euro business, and all of a sudden, most of what we sell is our own. That capacity [in the market] hasn’t gone away. What it meant was that people like Brakes got a lot of what we used to sell before we started making it ourselves.”But we’ve got 2,000 more outlets today than when Brakes launched La Boulangerie. We didn’t lose a major contract the whole time. Yes, a few little bits around the edges. But, if I’m honest, it made us speed up our transformation programme. We knew that we would be marginalised one day if we didn’t invest and control our own destiny. You cannot create products for people as easily if you’re going through three or four different third parties. If you’re a manufacturer, you should never be beaten by a wholesaler, because you have the manufacturing margin.”In fact, he defiantly states that Delice’s catalogue has around three times more products. “Everybody is pressured to get rid of range and reduce it down to a few SKUs. I’ve gone the other way, which some might think is madness.”Now published every six months rather than 12, to adapt more quickly to the market, it is more user-friendly with a picture against every listing; this change alone led to a double-digit uplift in sales of products that previously didn’t have an image. Delice also held prices, with French bread having been on a 10% free offer for over a year.It has focused on the multiple uses of products and features tips throughout the catalogue. For example, one demi-baguette was developed to split into four for sharing. “We didn’t think anything new could be done with a demi-baguette, and then someone comes up with a great idea that has multi-uses. How can you take a breakfast croissant and use it as a sandwich carrier for lunch? How can you take an arctic flatbread and turn it into a salad bowl? I have people whose job it is to sit and think of 10 different ways to use that product.”Proactive stanceThis is all part of his drive to be more forward-looking rather than simply respond to trends after they’ve happened. Was this part of the job pitch two years ago? “I saw what I believed to be a sleeping giant that had not necessarily moved with the times a fantastic speciality business that had started to lose its way,” he recalls. “I had a vision of getting us into a sharp shape in three to five years. The recession made us do that in two.”The positive outlook goes some way to explaining the sunny demeanour. “We might have been a bit dumb, fat and happy at one point, but we’ve become faster, better, leaner, without trimming the range back. We’ve come out of the end of a huge learning curve much, much healthier and much happier.” Delice de France at a glance l Delice de France was born out of a coffee shop by Frenchman Philippe Signolet, who had a vision in 1985 of bringing continental goods into the UK. It is the UK bakery foodservice arm of Aryzta – a Swiss-based business born in 2007 from the merger of two bakery giants: IAWS and Hiestand Group. Delice’s sister company Cuisine de France, which covers the retail channel and features in some 4,000 convenience stores plus the forecourt network, also comes under Toal’s stewardshipl Delice has plants in Dublin and Kettering; Aryzta’s Viennoiserie is made in Germany, Switzerland and Poland; and the largest US cookie brand Otis Spunkmeyer is also part of the group while the La Brea brand has plants statesidel It covers education, healthcare, pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes – around 20,000 different outlets per yearl Distribution is direct on an ’order today for delivery tomorrow’ basis, six days a weekl It has 22 retail outlets run by SSP and ISS, in enclosed environments like train stations, with no plans for the high streetlast_img read more